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Somalia and FAO strengthen cooperation to curb the spread of desert locust

Mogadishu (SD) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Somalia have made cooperation and partnership to scale up local capacities, surveillance and control operations to combat the desert locust upsurge.

In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of the Federal Government of Somalia, FAO directly supports Desert Locust Control Unit stations to undertake vital survey and control operations.

According to FAO experts report Somalia’s food production could be a shortage and the rural populations will be the most affected by the infestation, including farmers and pastoralists which can lead to internal displacement.

Somalia declared the infestation a national emergency on Feb. 2020 but the war-ravaged nation has struggled to control the swarms due to insecurity, remote locations and a lack of resources and equipment.

An estimated 4.5 million people in Somalia, including its breakaway regions of Somaliland and Puntland, are at risk of hunger and loss of their livelihood.

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